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Video: Common Swings By The White House For A Tiny Desk Concert

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 4, 2016 8:10PM

NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series usually takes place behind, well, a tiny desk in NPR's D.C. offices. But on Monday, for the first time, they took the concept down the street and asked Common to perform in The White House library.

The show was part of South By South Lawn, described by the White House as an effort to bring "together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world." The participants in the day were broken into three different activities, film, interactive and music. Much like another similarly named "South By" that takes places a couple thousand miles away in the spring. Obviously Common was part of the "music" portion.

Common's four song set included I Used To Love H.E.R.," "Letter To The Free," "The Day The Women Took Over, " and "Little Chicago Boy." Watch the whole show above.